Black Crowned Night Heron

Awhile back I posted a photo of a juvenile black crowned night heron.

Juvenile Black Crowned Night Heron, Lake Needwood, Rockville, MD

Maybe the coolest-looking bird I have seen up-close in the last few months. Now, I can share with you a photo of an adult black crowned night heron!

Black Capped Night Heron, Cape May, NJ

Can you believe the difference between the young and the adult?? The adult black capped night heron measures 23″-28″. These birds migrate, sometimes short distances, sometimes travel quite far. Those who reside in warmer climates may not migrate at all. Interestingly, they nest on every continent except Antarctica & Australia.

Why is this bird called a “night” heron? Well, while they sit around in trees near water by day, they become more active in the evening. They fly, forage and feed at night. Fascinating, right?!?

When are YOU more active? Are you a morning person or a night person?? What do you think makes you the person you are–genetics or environment? I used to be a believer in nurture outweighing nature, but as time has gone on, I have flipped to thinking genes have more to do with who we are than I ever thought before.

I sincerely wish for you to ponder the person you are, not your challenges and struggles, but how wonderfully made you are! Think about the talents you have (yes, you DO have talents and wonderful qualities because you were made in the image of God Himself!) Are you artistic, musical, a social butterfly, an animal magnet, athletic, smart, beautiful inside and/or outside, compassionate, resourceful, resilient, funny, happy, empathetic, organized, creative, or something else? Thank God for making you YOU! You are special and you are loved!!

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